Stultiens animates Amstel Gold Race

Before the race Sabrina Stultiens said the Amstel Gold Race was a special race and one that suits her well. The Dutch rider proved that once again Sunday afternoon.

After the start in Maastricht the peloton stayed together for the first 50 kilometres. An acceleration of Sabrina Stultiens changed that. She was accompanied by six other riders. The group took a lead of 40 seconds, but was brought back by a large chase group at 80 kilometres from the finish line. After a new attack of Lucinda Brand it was again Stultiens who went to the front. She bridged the gap to Brand and the leading duo took an advantage of two minutes.

Brand and Stultiens worked together well, while the peloton picked up some speed to chase the two escapees. With 23 kilometres to go Brand and Stultiens were reeled in. “I knew I had to be in the front in the descent leading to the Geulhemmerweg. After I caught Lucinda we managed to build up a nice lead. It was nice to hear all the people cheering for me during my home race. Just before the last local lap we were caught. It was nice to be in the lead group twice today, but after I was reeled in I felt the legs were empty”, Stultiens told after the race.

Liv Racing TeqFind saw three riders in the first peloton during the final lap: Quinty Ton, Mavi Garcia and Caroline Andersson. Ton launched an attack in the final kilometres, but didn`t get much space. Eventually Demi Vollering launched a solo attack and took the win. Garcia finished in the first chase group as 16th.